PHILADELPHIA (CBS) - A brilliant sprint finish decided the 27th annual Philadelphia International Pro-Cycling Championship Race on Sunday as the two pro-tour level teams finished one-two. In a photo finish that took minutes to figure out, HTC-Highroad Alex Rasmussen was first to cross the line followed by Peter Sagan of Liquigas and Robert Forster of Team United Healthcare.
“It’s a really challenging course you have here. So it was hard and really long,” said Rasmussen.
Rasmussen is from Denmark and said he has spent his whole life waiting for this day.
“I’ve been training for cycling since I was 8 years old, so it’s a long time.”
This bunch sprint was especially thrilling considering at the mid-way point, a breakaway group of riders had a nine minute and 30 second lead.
World Champion Giorgia Bronzini of Italy, riding for Colavita-Forno d’Asolo, made her debut in the 57-mile Women’s Liberty Classic and joins the list of favorite sprinters to win it. She won by just inches.
Reported by Steve Tawa and Cherri Gregg, KYW Newsradio